Lisa Blatt To Hold Record of Arguing Most US Supreme Court Cases Among Women
November 2010 -- On November 23, The National Law Journal named Arnold & Porter partner Lisa Blatt "Appellate Lawyer of the Week," observing that she is "the female title-holder" for most arguments before the US Supreme Court. On December 6, Ms. Blatt appears before the nation's highest court to argue Henderson v. Shinseki, a case important to countless veterans who seek service connected disability benefits. When Ms. Blatt finishes the argument, she will have argued 29 cases before the high court, more than any other woman now living. In the 28 prior cases she argued, she prevailed in 27.
The NLJ article notes that Ms. Blatt is "known for a no-nonsense argument style that brings results," including her praiseworthy performance in United States v. Flores-Montano, which was cited in the Supreme Court Clerk's Guide for Counsel in Cases to be Argued Before the Supreme Court.
Ms. Blatt heads the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court practice at Arnold & Porter which was highlighted in The National Law Journal's 2010 "Appellate Hot List" as one of the firms that "represent the best in the practice of appellate law." Since joining the firm in November 2009, the Supreme Court granted the first two petitions that Ms. Blatt filed, including Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, which involves whether there is a federal common law private right of action to enforce a federal healthcare statute. For the 2010-11 term, she is counsel of record in two merits cases, co-counsel in a third merits case, and she has authored numerous amicus briefs.